The State Historic Preservation Office, Nevada Site Stewardship Program, is pleased to announce a Stewardship training workshop to be held at the BLM Caliente Field Office (US HWY 93, Bldg. 1, Caliente, NV) on Feb. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This workshop is free of charge and is open to all who are interested in volunteering to help protect Nevada’s heritage.

Increased visitation to public lands has overwhelmed archaeologists and law enforcement officers. The Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service have joined with the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office to create a statewide volunteer site stewardship program that trains site stewards to become vital “eyes and ears” for public land management agencies.

The workshop includes an introduction to archaeological sites in Nevada and provides insight into how Nevada’s heritage is at risk. Stewards are educated on the latest laws related to historic preservation so they can work with their local authorities to prevent further damage by reporting vandalism and other activities that could harm archaeological and paleontological sites. Volunteers who attend this workshop will receive a 2015 certification for stewarding in Nevada.

“Anyone who enjoys being outdoors, likes to hike, is willing to collaborate with both state and federal agencies and has a love for the past should consider attending this workshop,” said Rebecca Palmer, state historic preservation officer..

To reserve a seat, please RSVP by Jan. 28 to Rayette Martin at ramartin@shpo.nv.gov or at 702-486-5011.